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Dean's Alumni Newsletter: September 2007

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Dear Friends,

As we embark on the start of the 2007-08 academic year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for remaining connected to the College of Liberal Arts.Each year, faculty members welcome students into their classrooms and research laboratories, providing the leaders of tomorrow with a world-class educational experience today.

This is an exciting time for the College of Liberal Arts. President Powers has identified Liberal Arts as a top university priority. And, during the next year, we will begin working with alumni and friends of the college to prepare for the university's capital campaign that will provide an opportunity to promote and support the college's departments, centers and students!

As a liberal arts graduate, you are part of a network of 100,000 alumni whose professional careers help shape communities, locally and internationally.

Please keep in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Randy Diehl
Dean of Liberal Arts

In The News

College Appoints Director of Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

Robert H. Abzug, the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin, will lead the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, a center established in 2006 with a $6 million challenge grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
More about the center…

New Language Flagship Program Meets Growing Demand for Arabic Speakers

The National Security Education Program awarded The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Middle Eastern Studies more than $700,000 to establish a National Flagship Language Program in Arabic.
More about the flagship program…

Batter Out: Umpires Likely to Favor Pitchers of the Same Race or Ethnicity

Umpires for Major League Baseball are more likely to call strikes in favor of pitchers who share their race or ethnicity, according to new research from economist Daniel Hamermesh.
More about the baseball study…

Why Do People Have Sex?

Many scientists assume people have sex for simple and straightforward reasons such as to experience sexual pleasure or to reproduce, but new research at The University of Texas at Austin reveals hundreds of varied and complex motivations that range from the spiritual to the vengeful.
More about the sex study…

Obese Girls Less Likely to Attend College

Obese girls are half as likely to attend college as non-obese girls, according to a new study from sociologist Robert Crosnoe. The study also shows obese girls are even less likely to enter college if they attend a high school where obesity is relatively uncommon.
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College Graduates Less Likely to Abandon Religion

College graduates are more likely to maintain their religious beliefs and practices than those who never attend college, according to new research by sociologist Mark Regnerus.
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World's Largest Student Literary Prize Awarded to Michener Student

Will Dunlap, a first-year graduate student in the university's James. A. Michener Center for Writers, has won the 2007 Keene Prize for Literature, the world's largest student literary prize. This is the second year the $90,000 award has been awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.
More about the Keene Prize…

Do Women Really Talk More than Men?

Refuting the popular stereotype that females talk more than men, psychologists have found women and men both use an average of 16,000 words each day.
More about the study…

In Memoriam

The College of Liberal Arts mourned the passing of devoted faculty members Gordon Bennet (Government and Asian Studies), Robert Dawson (French and Italian), Carol F. Justus (Classics and Middle Eastern Studies), Winfred P. Lehmann (Linguistics) and Carlota S. Smith (Linguistics). We are truly grateful for their service and dedication to the College of Liberal Arts.

Supporting Liberal Arts

The generous support of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college allows us to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members and provide the best programs for our students. You can learn more about how to make a gift to the College of Liberal Arts at

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